HC Deb 21 October 1982 vol 29 c192W
Mr. Winnick

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total number of staff employed at his Department's offices in the West Midlands in May 1979 and now; and if he will also give the changes in staffing levels in percentage terms.

Mr. Newton:

Staff employment figures for local offices in the Department's former West Midlands region are as follows:

May 1979 October 1982 Percentage change
5,879 5,591 -5

The numbers given include staff working on the various contributory benefits; separate figures for staff working on supplementary benefits are not available. The figures exclude staff engaged on ancillary duties such as cleaners, messengers and security guards.